By Whitney McGowan, FamilyLink.com, Inc.
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th. With the current state of the economy, you may not be able to afford a fancy gift or an expensive meal. However, my mother always taught me that “presence was more important than presents.” The gifts of self and time are often considered to be greater than gifts bought with money. How can you show your mom or grandma that you love them? Here are a few simple ideas that don’t cost a lot of money.
1. Send your mom or grandma a card expressing thanks for all they have done for you. You could comment on advice they have given you, memories you have of them, characteristics that you love about them, etc. You could buy the card or make one yourself.
2. Provide breakfast in bed. Who doesn’t love waking up to a homemade meal delivered straight to the bed room? You could make heart-shaped pancakes, omelets, scrambled eggs—whatever your mother or grandmother likes.
3. Take some time to print off some of your favorite photos of your mother, grandmother, or fun times you have had with your family. You could put them in a book, a frame, or wrap a bow around the stack of photos. If you really want to go the extra mile, consider labeling all of the photos.
4. Go on a walk or drive with your mother or grandmother and express your gratitude for all they have done for you.
.5. A small gift: Find something inexpensive that your mother likes, and perhaps hasn’t purchased for herself in a while. It could be a simple thing such as her favorite kind of cookies, bubble bath, a new gardening tool, a journal, etc.
6. Flowers: Cut flowers are beautiful, but they don’t last a long time. My mother personally prefers perennials or even some annuals. Purchase a flower or two that your mother or grandmother can plant. Most of these plants are only a few dollars each, and she gets to enjoy them much longer.
7. A special event: There are many places or events you can attend for free (museums, performances, parks, plays, concerts, etc.). Set a time to have a nice outing with your mom or grandma.